Controversy has risen on the WSU campus recently. In my crisis communication class we have been talking about the Athletics Department deciding to hand out “Cougador” masks at the Halloween football game this Thursday. Some students have decided to voice their opinions about this campaign being offensive by crating Facebook pages for ‘cougs against cougador’ and online petitions to put a stop to the masks. However, the Athletics Department met with the WSU student leadership and Latino groups on campus and both parties did NOT find the campaign offensive. MLB and NFL teams have used this tactic previously and have had a lot of positive response from fans. It leads me to wonder, is there any subject in today’s society that will not stir some sort of controversy?
In other football news, the Seattle Seahawks play the St. Louis Rams tonight. The Rams’ quarterback Sam Bradford, is out for the season due to a torn ACL which means the Seahawks have a great chance to beat the Rams tonight. A new quarterback for the Rams will have to attempt to battle the Seahawks defense, one of the most dangerous in the league!
In unrelated news, an interesting story I heard on the radio this morning was about singer/actress/dancer Julianne Hough apologizing for her costume over the weekend. Hough dressed as “Crazy Eyes” from the television series Orange is the New Black and went out in blackface for the costume. Hough tweeted that she is a huge fan of the show and did not intend to be disrespectful or demeaning, I also am a huge fan of the show and can definitely see the humor and innocence of the idea for a group of girls to dress as the characters, but it seems sort of obvious that it was a bold move and certainly a risk to go out especially as a figure in the media to scrutinize that costume.